Hume back on familiar turf

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DONCASTER Rovers’ on-loan striker, Iain Hume, will be assured of a warm welcome in tonight’s testing League One clash at Tranmere.

The Scottish-born striker came up through the junior ranks there and became the club’s youngest ever player to play for the club when making his league debut for the club at just 16.

He went on to make 149 appearances and score more than 30 goals for Rovers during his time at the Wirral-based club.

He came on a substitute in the FA Cup win over local rivals Everton in the 2000-2001 season which is still talked about by Tranmere fans to this day.

Hume will also be remembered for the goal he scored against Bolton Wanderers which won the game for Rovers and booked them a place in the quarter-final of the 2003-04 FA Cup.

The following season was arguably Hume’s best at the club and he finished Rovers’ top scorer with 16.

Hume’s exploits at for the Prenton Park led to a £500,000 move to Leicester City.

One man who will be less familiar to Prenton Park fans is midfielder David Syers, who will be making his first visit to the ground.

“Obviously they have made a good start to the season and are top of the league and were unbeaten until Saturday’s game at Bournemouth,” said Syers.

“Given their record you would probably expected them to have got a result there but were perhaps a bit unlucky in that it was new manager Eddie Howe’s first game in charge on his return to the club because it’s not the right time to play a team.

“Hopefully they will have lost a bit of confidence following Saturday’s defeat so hopefully we can go there tonight and pick up a good result.

“We showed on Saturday against Brentford, when we came from behind to win that we don’t always have to be at our best to win.

“We again showed, as we did when coming from behind to draw at Hartlepool in our previous game, that we have got character in the side so we are ready for anything they try and throw at us tonight.

“It’s one of those games where we could face a backlash from Saturday and they could out flying or the result could have put a bit of doubt in their minds and that they are not unbeatable and can lose games.

“I think hat they had a good start last season but then ended up in a battle to stay up so you are hoping that they are thinking about that a little bit, though there have obviously been changes since last season. The only way you can progress up the league is by beating those teams around you.”